Minnesota Law

Fall 2021
For the Record

Minnesota Law Welcomes One of the Most Diverse, Academically Accomplished Classes in Its History

Minnesota Law welcomed 231 first-year J.D. students from nearly 140 undergraduate institutions in 38 states, the District of Columbia, and six different countries. It is one of the most diverse and academically accomplished classes in the Law School’s nearly 135-year history.

The Class of 2024 boasts outstanding academic credentials, with a middle 50-percent range of 3.53–3.89 for undergraduate GPA and a middle 50-percent range of 161–167 on the LSAT. Seven percent of incoming 1Ls have already earned a graduate degree in another field.

Key diversity statistics include the following:

  • 52% women;
  • 26% LGBTQ;
  • 25% students of color;
  • 16% first-generation students.

The new 1L class brings a wide array of life experiences, skills, and perspectives. Included among its members are Fulbright scholars, a congressional staffer, a former truck driver, a litigation paralegal, a rapper/musician, an actor, and a competitive Irish step dancer, just to name a few.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome such an accomplished and diverse group of students to Mondale Hall,” said Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. “This group of future lawyerleaders is a proud addition to the Minnesota Law community and will undoubtedly make a substantial impact in Law School and the world. I cannot wait to see what they achieve and how they will continue to expand our mission of justice and service!”